Census reveals 1 in 8 houses empty while thousands homeless

  • user warning: Table 'cache_views_data' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: SELECT data, created, headers, expire, serialized FROM cache_views_data WHERE cid = 'audio:block_1:results:a855a89adda9a1f67e9c514ac45eaab3' in /var/www/public/includes/cache.inc on line 27.
  • user warning: Table 'cache_views_data' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_views_data SET data = 'a:3:{s:6:\"result\";a:6:{i:0;O:8:\"stdClass\":3:{s:3:\"nid\";s:4:\"8699\";s:10:\"node_title\";s:101:\"Yellow Vests - People are ready to go onto the streets because they have nothing else to lose - audio\";s:7:\"_random\";s:20:\"0.012004219006750937\";}i:1;O:8:\"stdClass\":3:{s:3:\"nid\";s:4:\"4932\";s:10:\"node_title\";s:69:\"Stanley Aronowitz on Popular Education in a Time of Struggle\' - Audio\";s:7:\"_random\";s:20:\"0.012410275649661455\";}i:2;O:8:\"stdClass\":3:{s:3:\"nid\";s:4:\"7788\";s:10:\"node_title\";s:59:\"Defeating Fracking - setting limits to growth? - DABF audio\";s:7:\"_random\";s:19:\"0.01777755191342677\";}i:3;O:8:\"stdClass\":3:{s:3:\"nid\";s:4:\"4850\";s:10:\"node_title\";s:65:\"Left Unity? What sort of Left should we be trying to build? audio\";s:7:\"_random\";s:20:\"0.021451155675063987\";}i:4;O:8:\"stdClass\":3:{s:3:\"nid\";s:4:\"6004\";s:10:\"node_title\";s:80:\"Radio report from the Toyosi\'s Shitabbey Solidarity Rally for Friends and Family\";s:7:\"_random\";s:20:\"0.031974581100022964\";}i:5;O:8:\"stdClass\":3:{s:3:\"nid\";s:4:\"8271\";s:10:\"node_title\";s:100:\" Struggles against racism - Traveller, migrant, and direct provision perspectives - #DABF 2016 audio\";s:7:\"_random\";s:19:\"0.03286566960892237\";}}s:10:\"total_rows\";i:166;s:5:\"pager\";a:5:{s:9:\"use_pager\";s:1:\"0\";s:14:\"items_per_page\";i:6;s:7:\"element\";i:0;s:6:\"offset\";i:0;s:12:\"current_page\";i:0;}}', created = 1565446018, expire = 1565446318, headers = '', serialized = 1 WHERE cid = 'audio:block_1:results:a855a89adda9a1f67e9c514ac45eaab3' in /var/www/public/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
  • user warning: Table 'cache_views_data' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: SELECT data, created, headers, expire, serialized FROM cache_views_data WHERE cid = 'video:block_1:results:a8e2d3c66865148b9e5566459bf5cd2d' in /var/www/public/includes/cache.inc on line 27.
  • user warning: Table 'cache_views_data' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_views_data SET data = 'a:3:{s:6:\"result\";a:3:{i:0;O:8:\"stdClass\":3:{s:3:\"nid\";s:4:\"7265\";s:10:\"node_title\";s:89:\"WSM member stop and searched under anti-terror legislation highlighting police harassment\";s:7:\"_random\";s:20:\"0.011503676894589959\";}i:1;O:8:\"stdClass\":3:{s:3:\"nid\";s:4:\"8143\";s:10:\"node_title\";s:65:\"Drop the Charges against the Jobstown 3 March - report with video\";s:7:\"_random\";s:20:\"0.013735320431865119\";}i:2;O:8:\"stdClass\":3:{s:3:\"nid\";s:4:\"8483\";s:10:\"node_title\";s:65:\"Science Day / March4Science in Dublin April 22nd - Video of March\";s:7:\"_random\";s:20:\"0.014247538535154926\";}}s:10:\"total_rows\";i:195;s:5:\"pager\";a:5:{s:9:\"use_pager\";s:1:\"0\";s:14:\"items_per_page\";i:3;s:7:\"element\";i:0;s:6:\"offset\";i:0;s:12:\"current_page\";i:0;}}', created = 1565446018, expire = 1565446318, headers = '', serialized = 1 WHERE cid = 'video:block_1:results:a8e2d3c66865148b9e5566459bf5cd2d' in /var/www/public/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
  • user warning: Table 'cache_views_data' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: SELECT data, created, headers, expire, serialized FROM cache_views_data WHERE cid = 'Random_PDF:block_1:results:4908a47d4ad63e98eee183076fe24a8e' in /var/www/public/includes/cache.inc on line 27.
  • user warning: Table 'cache_views_data' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_views_data SET data = 'a:3:{s:6:\"result\";a:2:{i:0;O:8:\"stdClass\":5:{s:3:\"nid\";s:4:\"2059\";s:10:\"node_title\";s:32:\"The Contaminated Crow - Feb 1980\";s:21:\"node_revisions_teaser\";s:255:\"<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"/sites/default/files/images/contaminatedcrow1.jpg\" style=\"width: 135px; height: 200px; margin: 2px; float: left;\" />Anarchist newspaper published in 1980 by a collective in Dublin and Belfast. This issue is on the anti nuclear movement\";s:21:\"node_revisions_format\";s:1:\"2\";s:7:\"_random\";s:19:\"0.01335492451987688\";}i:1;O:8:\"stdClass\":5:{s:3:\"nid\";s:4:\"2904\";s:10:\"node_title\";s:28:\"Workers Solidarity Issue 100\";s:21:\"node_revisions_teaser\";s:322:\"<p><img src=\"/attachments/dec2007/ws100_cover.jpg\" style=\"float:right;border:5px;\" /><br />\r\n <strong>The 100th issue of the Irish anarchist paper Workers Solidarity for Nov / Dec 2007&nbsp;</strong></p>\r\n<p><strong><a href=\"http://www.wsm.ie/sites/default/files/ws100.pdf\">PDF of Workers Solidarity 100</a></strong></p>\r\n\";s:21:\"node_revisions_format\";s:1:\"2\";s:7:\"_random\";s:20:\"0.023666388377236565\";}}s:10:\"total_rows\";i:73;s:5:\"pager\";a:5:{s:9:\"use_pager\";s:1:\"0\";s:14:\"items_per_page\";i:2;s:7:\"element\";i:0;s:6:\"offset\";i:1;s:12:\"current_page\";i:0;}}', created = 1565446018, expire = 1565446318, headers = '', serialized = 1 WHERE cid = 'Random_PDF:block_1:results:4908a47d4ad63e98eee183076fe24a8e' in /var/www/public/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
Date:

The 2016 Census has again revealed there is no housing crisis. In fact about 1 in 8 houses were empty, a massive 259,562 dwellings in all.

So why are their hundreds of homeless on the streets and thousands in emergency accommodation. Why are rents soaring, particularly in Dublin, to level that mean most people can no longer afford to rent there? Why have house prices continued to increase far, far beyond the reach of the average worker?

It seems clear the answer is to be found in homes being left empty while people sleep on the streets. A situation that only favours landlords and property speculators who want to keep available supply low in order to keep rent and house prices high. And all while courts and Garda evict those amongst us who decide to solve their housing problem by occupying some of these vacant properties.

Like what you're reading?
Find out when we publish more via the
WSM Facebook
& WSM Twitter